Being a non-custodial parent can present unique challenges when it comes to making decisions in your child’s life. However, with open communication, mutual respect and a focus on your child’s best interests, you can actively participate in important decision-making processes.
As a non-custodial parent, you need to have a clear understanding of your rights regarding major decisions that impact your child.
Effective communication with the custodial party
Maintaining open lines of communication with the custodial parent is key when it comes to making decisions in your child’s life. Establishing a regular communication channel, whether through phone calls, emails or text messages, ensures that you stay informed about important matters. Make an effort to actively listen to the custodial parent’s concerns and ideas. Also, express your own thoughts respectfully.
According to the Texas Statutes, custodial parents must confer with the other party before they make important decisions regarding a child’s health, welfare or education (unless a court order stipulates otherwise).
Stay involved in your child’s life
To make informed decisions, stay actively involved in your child’s life. Attend school events, extracurricular activities and parent-teacher conferences whenever possible. Engage in regular conversations with your child to understand their needs, desires and aspirations. While you may have differing opinions from the custodial parent, it is important to respect their judgment and perspective. Acknowledge that they have primary responsibility for the day-to-day care of your child.
As a non-custodial parent, make sure you participate in decision-making processes for your child’s life. By fostering a cooperative and respectful approach, you can work together towards shared decision-making that benefits your child’s overall well-being.